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The general attempt to depict things accurately in films and tv shows.

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How realistic is the use of red yarn hub and spokes in crime television shows [duplicate]

I refer to a shot that occurs quite often in crime shows... There is the victim at the hub and spokes of red yarn that connect the suspects. How realistic is this in modern detective work? I have ...
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How did the facehugger grow to full-sized xenomorph?

In the movie Alien (1979), the first alien we see is the facehugger. It is only the size of a baseball mitt. A few scenes later, the offspring bursts out of a crewmember's chest. (Thanks to Johnny ...
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Guilt being the cause of Insomnia theme have any common basis from real life?

Insomnia and The Machinist both works with the theme of guilt being the cause of insomnia. But is it based on any real facts? Is there any recorded case of guilt being the cause of insomnia? Or is it ...
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How realistic are the dogfight scenes in Dunkirk [closed]

I saw the film Dunkirk yesterday with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my friends had some quibbles with the dogfight scenes, however. How realistic are they? Any reliable sources ...
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Why shoes in bed? [closed]

It cringes me every time I see somebody more or less in their right mind in bed with shoes. How this become so common on TV (e.g. Buffy, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, whatever). I understand that ...
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In movie production, what exactly happens on the other side of phone calls?

There is a small scene that bothers me in the movie Batman Begins. It's a trivial thing, but it prompted a more general question. Rachel Dawes is visiting Bruce Wayne to give him a birthday present....
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Can the Vice President work with equal power as the president?

I'm watching House of Cards (please use spoilers) and First Lady Claire Underwood is President Frank Underwood's running mate. In the show they work as equals, minus a rough patch. In the same way ...
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How was Margaret not going to get deported for marrying Andrew?

In the movie, The Proposal, how was Margaret not going to get deported for marrying Andrew? I don't know much about immigration and deportation and the bunch so any more insight would help me ...
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What is E-DEATH based on in Sense8?

In Sense8 S02E05 "Fear Never Fixed Anything", Bug helps Naomi have (apparently all?) traces of her identity removed, such that the authorities no longer have warrants for her, with the help of a ...
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Is the Bachelorette scripted?

I'm sure this applies to any and all reality tv shows but this came up for Season 13 of The Bachelorette. This started out as a discussion with co-workers to which I think logically I'm correct and ...
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Do patients experience tastes during brain surgery?

In RoboCop (2014), RoboCop tastes something in his mouth during brain surgery. It tastes like peanut butter. He is not eating any food. The surgery creates the experience of a phantom taste. Does ...
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How big of a deal is the state's attorney's office of cook county? [closed]

In the TV series The Good Wife Peter and Alicia Florrick are running for state's attorney at some point. A lot of effort goes into both of these campaigns: Money: I assume paying for campaign ...
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Real world impact of The Blair Witch Project

In the beginning of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, some reports are shown about the original Blair Witch Project, claiming that the town of Burkittsville was filled with believers wanting to explore ...
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“Would the witness please point at the defendant?”

I wasn't sure which forum to post this on, but I think it belongs here as I believe it relates to the screen more than to the actual law, so here it is. There's a weirdly specific trope that you ...
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Is it realistic that Jimmy's friend from the district attorney's office is so poor?

In Better Call Saul S03E03, Jimmy sits next to his old friend Bill Oakley (played by Peter Diseth) who is a Deputy District Attorney. Jimmy pulls out a burger and fries for lunch, while Oakley's lunch ...
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Is Jimmy's trial realistic in Better Call Saul? [closed]

I've just watched early episodes of Better Call Saul's latest season. From a French guy's point of view, Jimmy's trial seems a bit ridiculous. To me, regarding what trials look like in France, this ...
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Do dogs identify twins in humans?

In The Parent Trap (1998), pet dog never recognize Annie (acting as Hallie) as Hallie and thinks as strangers. Even Chessy (working for Nick) thinks Annie as Hallie. Actually, Annie and Hallie are ...
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Is it really possible to put a virus in a machine you don't know? [duplicate]

In the movie Independence Day Jeff Goldblum put a virus in a machine coming from another planet and which he didn't know at the moment. He seemed to have used a generic virus judging by the fact that ...
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Do cops in US always have to answer “Yes” when asked “Are you a cop?” [closed]

This question is not specific to any particular movie or a TV show. Although it came to my mind when I was recently watching a particular episode of Sneaky Pete. It's a great show by the way. The ...
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“A galaxy far, far away…” — from where?

I have a question about Star Wars. Recently, I pay more attention to the text and come up with a question. There's a quote in the text. Long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away... Far away from ...
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Does blood really come out of our nose if we're deprived of oxygen?

In the movie Men of Honor (2000), Carl & Billy are challenged to hold their breath in an underwater helmet. After 4 minutes, Billy started bleeding from his nose. Does blood really come out of ...
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How much does Homer owe Moe?

In almost every episode, Homer can be found in Moe's Tavern drinking with Barney, Carl and Lenny. Yet we never see them paying for their drinks so presumably they put them on a tab. However, ...
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Realism of the effect of ADHD medicine in Desperate Housewives

In Desperate Housewives season one Linette takes her son's ADHD medicine and becomes very energetic. It gives her the ability to stay awake for hours on end and still do a good job and still have a ...
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Can we carry a Hattori Hanzo sword onboard a plane?

In the Kill Bill, everyone seems to know that Hanzo swords are made for killing. They are killing tools. Then, how could the Bride carry one so easily on the plane she boards to reach Tokyo? Also she ...
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Do the Oxygen Torches in the movie “Life” (2017) exist and how do/would they work?

Yesterday I watched the recent movie Life where the ISS crew revives a life-threatening organism from Mars. I'm usually thorough about realism of scientific elements in Sci-Fi movies, and thought ...
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What was the tube Torreto removed from the Cuban car in order to make it go faster?

In the first scene of The Fate of the Furious, Torreto disconnects some sort of a tube from his cousin's car in order to make it faster. What is that tube and does this trick work in real life?
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Where exactly in Italy to where in Russia is the train going?

In the film Stalingrad (1993), where exactly are they passing while on the the train in one scene here? It is supposed to be in Italy, going to Russia. Where exactly in Italy to where exactly in ...
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What is the light source in the 19th century submarine?

In 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, the timeline of the plot sets it in the 19th century. Edison invented the light bulb at the beginning of the 20th century, but this movie is set even before. What ...
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Is Chicago Justice accurate?

In the Chicago series, Chicago Justice is the fourth spinoff that shows the prosecutors from Cook County State's Attorney. In Law and Order: SVU, which happens in Manhattan and crossovers with the ...
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How did the woman fly through the wind screen?

In the beginning of Zombieland, people are running from an apocalypse of zombies. In one of the attacks, a little girl's birthday party has just gone psycho and is suddenly overrun with zombies. All ...
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How can you tell distances/duration in Paths of the soul?

In Paths of the Soul, a group of Tibetan shepherd-folk make a pilgrimage to Lhasa. Occasionally we see milestones on the road they follow, with some kind of distance listed. However, it's not clear ...
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What breed was Walt Flanagan's dog (circa 1995)

There was a great line in Mallrats (one of many) that always stuck with me. It was after Jay outruns the mallcop and remarks: "That dude is faster than Walt Flanagan's dog" [paraphrase] It had ...
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Is Honey, I Shrunk the Kids scaled correctly?

In the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids(1989) the children are shrunk down to a tiny size. However, is everything scaled correctly (i.e, consistently)? For instance, when they ride the ant, are the ant ...
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Considering his wound, wouldn't Cheyenne have suffered far more?

In Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, Cheyenne gets shot on the left side, just above the belt (intestines?) by Morton. This is revealed only at the end of the film, when he finally succumbs ...
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How did Fenton survive more than 7 days without food in the basement?

In Frailty, Fenton's Dad locked him in the basement for interrupting his killings. After knowing his son was not responding from the basement, he took him out and tried to revive him. Eventually, he ...
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Could someone actually survive an F-5 category tornado in this manner?

In Twister, there is a scene near the end of the film featuring Bill and Jo strapping themselves onto a metal pipe that apparently goes down into the ground 30 feet. Here! These pipes go down at ...
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Is it wrong for NAVY SEAL soldiers to be seen with a member of the same sex in public?

In G I Jane, officials questioned Jordan after she was seen with a member of the same sex in public with proof (a picture). Is it wrong for a NAVY SEAL soldier to be seen with a member of the same ...
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Why would a ship that is able to recycle all water consumed have trouble running out of water?

In battlestar galactica season 1 episode 2 their watertanks were sabotaged and they lost Almost 60% of total potable water reserves. The rest of the episode were them looking for more water. Their ...
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What building in the final scene of Assassins Creed? (spoiler)

The final scene crawls across the skyline of London to a building fronting the Thames. I recognized the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye, so I'm sure the scene was realistic. The remaining ...
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Can a president really leave the White House with barely any security?

In Designated Survivor (episode2 I think), President Kirkman asks the Secret Service about wearing the bullet-proof vest. His answer was "The 2 ways a president leaves the White House is with that or ...
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What is the point of throw the rock?

In this scene they throw and measure the time to reach the ground. They measure 6 sec. But what is the point if they are going to jump with the squirrel flying suits. At the end the scene last for 2 ...
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Knife throw in final leap-of-faith

During the final leap-of-faith in Assassin's Creed, the main character (Aguilar) visibly throws a knife at the water he is about to jump in to, presumably to break the water. Is this possible, as in, ...
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Is there any science behind tasting (dinosaur) poop?

In the scene from Primeval S1E05 around 26:43, a team member tastes the Pteranodon dung. It reminded me of the famous Jurassic Park scene with Triceratops poop. Except now the paleontologist is ...
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Could the video recorder of Blair Witch Project (original) last as long as it did?

I live next door to one of the producers of "Blair Witch Project," (1999) so that got me to watch the movie. Not recalling how long a personal home video recorder could work, I was wondering whether ...
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How realistic was the sword fight in Rob Roy?

One previous question asked about the authenticity of sword fights in Game of Thrones compared to actual "medieval" sword fighting--a rather vague standard. Naturally, such choreography is made for ...
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Is it really possible to cause military-grade explosives to explode with a gun shot?

At the end of Suicide Squad: According to IMDB Goof's, it states, Military-grade explosives do not explode when shot at; the (sic) require a blasting cap to be set off. This is a safety feature of ...
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Are the methods and tools used by Veronica Mars plausible?

While I was watching the three seasons of Veronica Mars and Veronica Mars (movie) I was surprised by some of the ways she used to investigate people and therefore to close cases. In particular, a ...
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Has any real-life US military unit committed Die-Hard-2-level treason? [closed]

In Die Hard 2, a US military unit consisting of at least a dozen soldiers engages in several treasonous acts, from murdering one of their own to freeing an international criminal to helping crash a ...
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When Walter and Jesse get stranded in the desert, could they have made the walk?

In Breaking Bad S02E09, Walt and Jesse go to the desert to cook meth and they drive approximately 15 miles/24 km down a dirt road. Midways cooking, they realize the car battery is dead, and manage to ...
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Was the psychiatrist in Cat People acting on good faith about divorce?

In the movie Cat People, from 1942, a psychiatrist talks to the protagonist about what to do with his wife. The options were to nullify their marriage and be free to pursue his new love, or put his ...